Gymnast Larisa Iordache, a member of the national team that represented Romania in the Olympic Games of London, came in second in the final for the Piotr Nurowski Award, being outrun by swimmer Charlotte Bonnet (France), according to a release.
‘The second place trophy obtained by our gymnast is honouring, both for the athlete and for her trainers, as well for Romania’s image'
, Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR) President Octavian Morariu said. ‘In our opinion, Larisa Iordache could have even obtained the big prize, but the result is nevertheless excellent and the gymnast deserves congratulations.’
The distinction, created to be offered to the most valuable young European athlete, was granted by the representatives of the Association of European Olympic Committees (EOC), for the second time since its establishment, within the 41st EOC General Assembly, which took place in Rome at the end of last week.
Together with Larisa Iordache and Charlotte Bonnet, among the five designated finalists there were swimmer Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania), Alpine skier Marco Schwarz (Austria) and gymnast Oleg Stepko (Ukraine).
The Piotr Nurowski Award was created in 2011 in the memory of the Polish Olympic Committee former president, a distinguished representative of the international Olympics, who perished in a tragic airplane accident in April 2010.
Besides the homage brought to Piotr Nurowski through this award, EOC wants to encourage young athletes to devote themselves to high performance sports and, at the same time, to be an example for the future generations in terms of adopting a healthy lifestyle, based on the Olympic principles and values.
Larisa Iordache conquered the bronze medal in the 2012 OG with the team and was European Champion this year, with the team and in the floor event, and European Vice-Champion in the balance beam event.